• by Min Kym
  • Narrated by Rebecca Yeo
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The spellbinding memoir of a violin virtuoso who loses the instrument that had defined her both on stage and off - and who discovers, beyond the violin, the music of her own voice.
Her first violin was tiny, harsh, factory-made; her first piece was "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star". But from the very beginning, Min Kym knew that music was the element in which she could swim and dive and soar. At seven years old, she was a prodigy, the youngest ever student at the famed Purcell School. At 11, she won her first international prize; at 18, violinist great Ruggiero Ricci called her "the most talented violinist I've ever taught". And at 21, she found "the one", the violin she would play as a soloist: a rare 1696 Stradivarius. Her career took off. She recorded the Brahms concerto and a world tour was planned.
Then, in a London café, her violin was stolen. She felt as though she had lost her soulmate, and with it her sense of who she was. Overnight she became unable to play or function, stunned into silence.
In this lucid and transfixing memoir, Kym reckons with the space left by her violin's absence. She sees with new eyes her past as a child prodigy, with its isolation and crushing expectations; her combustible relationships with teachers and with a domineering boyfriend; and her navigation of two very different worlds, her traditional Korean family and her music. And in the stark yet clarifying light of her loss, she rediscovers her voice and herself.


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If you love classical music, read this!

The story was very well written. It was so sad and frustrating to read, over and over, how Min's boyfriend, Matt, bullied and controlled her. So much so, that he was responsible for her violin being stolen, after he bullied her into leaving it in an unsafe place. And then he did not take responsibility for what he did; instead making it seem like it was her fault.
The reader has a lisp, which was distracting and annoying. Also, I wish I'd known, as I read the book, that it's possible now to download the music that goes along with the story. That should be made clear!
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- robin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio